Crises and Opportunities: The Shaping of Modern Finance

ISBN : 9780199672431

Youssef Cassis
216 Pages
141 x 215 mm
Pub date
Mar 2013
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As the world's political and economic leaders struggle with the aftermath of the Financial Debacle of 2008, this book asks the question: have financial crises presented opportunities to rebuild the financial system? Examining eight global financial crises since the late nineteenth century, this new historical study offers insights into how the financial landscape - banks, governance, regulation, international cooperation, and balance of power - has been (or failed to be) reshaped after a systemic shock. It includes careful consideration of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the only experience of comparable moment to the recession of the early twenty-first century, yet also marked in its differences. Taking into account not only the economic and business aspects of financial crises, but also their political and socio-cultural dimensions, the book highlights both their idiosyncrasies and common features, and assesses their impact in the broader context of long-term historical development.


1. Pre-War Crises
2. Post-War Crises
3. Banks
4. Governance
5. Regulation
6. International Cooperation
7. Balance of Power

About the author: 

Youssef Cassis is Professor of Economic History at the University of Geneva and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His work mainly focuses on banking and financial history, as well as business history more generally. His numerous publications on the subject include City Bankers, 1890-1914 (1994), Big Business: The European Experience in the Twentieth Century (1997), and Capitals of Capital: A History of International Financial Centres, 1780-2005 (2006).

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